British Motor Museum’s reserve collection

Another part of British Motor Museum – their reserve collection.

More-less the cars that are not “worthy” (or ready yet) to be the part of a main exhibition, but are valuable enough to be kept safe for the future.

To be brutally honest, I was much, much happier wandering between those, than watching some exhibits in the main building. 

The way these cars are, well… stored, has nothing to do with “a proper exhibition”. And just because of that, it is a brilliant experience.

You still need to follow the basic rules, like “look but don’t touch” et cetera, but you are so close to those cars, and you have such a fantastic, intimate contact with them, that it is an experience you will remember for years.

See for yourself…

Land Rover

I heard somewhere that for most of the native tribe members in Africa and southern Asia, Land Rover was the first car they saw in their lives. It must have been long ago, but not in such ancient times, as the Land Rover was in production since 1948.

And the funny thing is, those seen by the natives in corners of Africa, were for sure NEWER than the one you see in these pictures. As this is the FIRST Land Rover ever produced.

We can go even further than that, as this is a first pre-production model, that was handcrafted by the Rover engineers as a stop-gap vehicle in the post-war years. After WW2 England was economically exhausted and the British public didn’t have money for fancy cars and luxury appointments. What was actually needed, was a tool for the farmers and social services of Britain. And scientific expeditions of course…

As work-horses go – this one has so much utilitarian charm, cool and class. Just put on your wellingtons and go see your farm… So very British.

British Motor Museum

For a typical corporate-rat (like myself), a business trip could be a nightmare. Such a trip is a perfect opportunity to waste your precious, invaluable time.

Waste it in airport security check queues, empty terminals, crowded duty-free shops, dirty bathrooms, noisy aeroplanes, waiting for incompetent rent-a-car personnel, looking at the back of a truck blocking the fast lane of your highway or finally – waste it in meetings, presentations, endless talks and “strategy sessions”. A true nightmare…

But if you prepare in advance, you can skip some meetings or just talk faster and create some time for activities that add some meaning to your life. Like car-spotting or a visit to an automotive museum. Or a showroom. Or a sidestreet with old cars sitting in dark corners. Like this Falcon

But sometimes, if you did your homework well in advance, you can organize some time to visit a true gem – a motoring museum of the highest order. Like the British Motor Museum in Gaydon, conveniently located right by the highway connecting Birmingham with London.

I visited it in late April of 2019 and – as promised in the title of this blog – there is a gallery full of pictures ready.

What are you waiting for? Click the link and go for a walk thru the halls of British Motor Museum